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Next stage of redevelopment nears as draft precinct master plan released for public comment

The Shire of Narrogin has launched the next stage of its railway station redevelopment, releasing a draft precinct master plan for public comment.

Last year, the Shire endorsed plans for a re-use strategy for its historic railway station after months of public consultation.

While work continues on the station itself, the new master plan will help revitalise the surrounding area.

Shire president Leigh Ballard said the master plan was needed to inform this future work.

“We’re trying to bring the whole railway station precinct up to the same level the railway station will be,” he said.

“The goal is to have a plan in place to work forward on that railway precinct.”

Headlining the master plan is a proposed railway heritage walk trail to complement the existing CBD and Gnarojin Park walk trails.

The new trail would include a cluster of culturally significant railway artefacts along a single walk, and link three new precincts.

Under the plan, the redeveloped railway station would be connected to the goods shed, Mackie Park, and the Hordern Hotel.

Sustainable planting would also be used to improve the trail’s aesthetic.

The draft plan is out for public comment until November 22.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in the railway station itself, there’s been quite a lot of community consultation with that, and this has come out of that consultation,” Mr Ballard said. “It will aesthetically complement the railway station but it will also link in with the railway to produce a rail walk along the road and create a loop tourists can walk around through the CBD and back to the railway station again.

“It’s a plan that we can work with in the future to get funds because it’s not going to happen overnight.

“So it’s basically putting it back to community members who have had a bit of input to the railway station and can now have input into the next step, and into the precinct as a whole.”

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